new CT26 turbo
thought I'd document my purchase of a Chinese CT26 turbo and how the saga goes.
I was looking at CT26 rebuild kits on Ebay and found a new turbo for $399 including postage. There are a number of CT26 turbos on Ebay but most are not for MR2, different flange shape etc but this one looked good. Seeing as local turbo rebuilds were around the $800-1000 and upwards I've given the Chinese CT26 a go and will report on outcomes.
I ordered the turbo on 3/March, got a shipping notification email on 5/Mar and it arrived by TNT on 12/Mar! Was well packed and amazing delivery for the price that included shipping.
The unit has the correct flanges and looks really good compared to my rusty cast iron unit that is almost 30yrs old. It also came with a nice certificate showing passing a vibration threshold for up to 100,000rpm. Hopefully it was a test done on this turbo:-)
The gaskets that were supplied looked pretty nasty, thin metal with a pressed ridge in places for sealing, maybe that's OK, not sure. However one was wrong, for a different turbo outlet flange but I do have a new correct gasket.
I'm also going to replace a couple of hoses, "hose from hell", HFH, and HFHOE, so I'm now hunting for these, I wasn't expecting the turbo to get here that fast.
I'll update next step.